St. Patrick’s Day is coming!
St. Patrick’s Day is one of my favorite holidays, on account of I like myself some rainbows. So, I pretend that St. Patrick’s Day is a holiday that’s made for pretty rainbow crafts, and I’m happy to oblige.
Take these rainbow whole fruit popsicles, from The View from Great Island. The Popsicle recipe calls only for fruit, so there’s no added sugar to upset tummies or make kids hyper, but if you pop these into rainbow order, maybe blend some of the blueberry with banana to mellow the color for blue, then you’ve got a picture-perfect, rainbow-themed, St. Patrick’s Day treat.
Here are 24 other rainbow projects to carry you through the holiday!
1. button embroidery. Here is a GREAT beginning embroidery project!
2. colored sand. It can be kind of expensive! Fortunately, this homemade colored sand is cheap and easy to make.
3. cooked rainbow pasta. I don’t feel like you should eat this, but it would be SUPER fun for younger kids to play with.
4. dyed white carnations. It’s a simple science demonstration, sure, but one that my kids love to repeat. We do this one probably every single year.
5. dyed pasta. It’s a great sensory material for younger kids, and a fun art supply for older ones.
6. found objects color wheel. This could be a scavenger hunt for a party full of kids, or a “bring some stuff from home” get-together. Either way, it’ll turn out just gorgeous.
7. healthy, homemade gummies. Make some candy that you’ll WANT to eat!
8. homemade sprinkles. Brilliant!!!
9. natural egg dye. We don’t try to save our dyed eggs until Easter, so why not kill two birds with one stone and dye a rainbow of eggs for St. Patrick’s Day?
10. play dough. My classic play dough recipe takes color like a champ. Dye it in rainbow colors, and it’ll be a perfect set-up for the kids.
11. play silks. If you’ve been looking for an excuse to make something special for your kids, here it is!
12. rainbow bubble snakes. This summer craft uses upcycled materials; add in some color for even more fun!
13. rainbow card. Use the last bits of ribbon in your stash, or even buttons, to make this pretty all-occasion card.
14. rainbow cupcakes. Use your favorite natural food coloring and white wheat flour for this recipe. This is a great one for those who don’t have the patience or skill set to make one of those layered rainbow cakes–these tie-dyed cupcakes are MUCH easier, and they always turn out super cute.
15. rainbow fruit kabobs. Healthy, pretty party food–yay!
16. rainbow rocker. This also requires some woodworking skills, but it would be the best toddler gift ever.
17. rainbow sandwich bread. How FUN would this be?!?
18. sanding sugar. Decorate your St. Patrick’s Day treats with this homemade organic sanding sugar in all the colors of the rainbow.
19. stacked hearts. Here’s a great craft project for a kid who wants to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Upcycled cardboard can be hard to cut, but the kids should be able to do all the tracing and painting and stacking and gluing themselves.
20. tie-dye. Who doesn’t love tie-dye?!? To solve the problem of tie-dye tending to be just a tiny little smidge on the tacky side, we tie-dye our socks.
21. veggie pizza. Everyone will eat the rainbow with this healthy veggie pizza!
22. yogurt popsicles. Plain yogurt also takes color like a champ; if you need to get some probiotics into tummies, blend it with fruit or dye it with natural food coloring to make a pretty rainbow popsicle.
23. wooden rainbow stackers. This is a pretty sophisticated woodworking project, but it IS a way to make one of the most popular fancy natural wooden toy sets all by yourself at home. Got a bandsaw you can borrow?
24. yarn rainbow. Dye your own yarn your own way with this easy-to-follow tutorial.
Photo credit: rainbow whole fruit popsicle image via The View from Great Island